Uh, nevermind, so sayeth Goldstone.
I guess the Jewish traitor who spread a blood libel against his own people got a pang of guilt over the resulting bloodshed on his hands. Perhaps Noam Chomsky, Norman Finklestein, Adam Shapiro, Medea Benjamin and the rest of the jihad-loving Jewicidals can ingest large quantities of whatever Goldstone is drinking. But methinks the morally bankrupt and those void of humanity will stay that way, choking on their own poison.
Reconsidering the Goldstone Report on Israel and war crimes
By Richard Goldstone, Washinton Post (hat tip Van)
We know a lot more today about what happened in the Gaza war of 2008-09 than we did when I chaired the fact-finding mission appointed by the U.N. Human Rights Council that produced what has come to be known as the Goldstone Report. If I had known then what I know now, the Goldstone Report would have been a different document.
Some have suggested that it was absurd to expect Hamas, an organization that has a policy to destroy the state of Israel, to investigate what we said were serious war crimes. It was my hope, even if unrealistic, that Hamas would do so, especially if Israel conducted its own investigations. At minimum I hoped that in the face of a clear finding that its members were committing serious war crimes, Hamas would curtail its attacks. Sadly, that has not been the case.
In the end, asking Hamas to investigate may have been a mistaken enterprise. So, too, the Human Rights Council should condemn the inexcusable and cold-blooded recent slaughter of a young Israeli couple and three of their small children in their beds.
Simply put, the laws of armed conflict apply no less to non-state actors such as Hamas than they do to national armies. Ensuring that non-state actors respect these principles, and are investigated when they fail to do so, is one of the most significant challenges facing the law of armed conflict. Only if all parties to armed conflicts are held to these standards will we be able to protect civilians who, through no choice of their own, are caught up in war.
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